Names That Mean Cheerful

  1. Bonnie
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Bonnie is an adorable nickname name, heading back up the popularity list after a 50-year nap. A Top 100 girls' name throughout the rest of the English-speaking world, Americans are later to jump on the Bonnie bandwagon but now it's trending here too.
  2. Tate
    • Origin:

      English from Norse
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      A strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning, Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates.
  3. Alana
    • Origin:

      Feminization of Alan, Irish; variation of Ilana, Hebrew; Gaelic; Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, rock; oak tree; child; awakening"
    • Description:

      Alana, in all its various spellings, was at one time reserved for daughters of dads named Alan, but is now much more widespread. It came into prominence via model/actress/celeb spouse Alana Hamilton Stewart.
  4. Alan
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      In its three most popular spellings -- Alan along with Allen and Allan -- this midcentury favorite has tended to skew older. It was a Top 100 name from 1938 to 1971, peaking at Number 40 in 1951. Alan has had leading roles on recent TV, in shows like Two and a Half Men, 24 and Boston Legal.
  5. Allen
    • Origin:

      English and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Allen is the spelling of this name -- other common spellings are Alan and Allan -- most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as a nickname, as this can easily offer you Len or Lenny as options.
  6. Alanis
    • Origin:

      Female variation of Alan
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Singer Alanis Morissette made this twist famous. She was named for her father Alan, who is said to have spotted this version in a Greek newspaper. So far it has been pretty much a one-person name, but could make a distinctive update of Alana — especially with s-ending names making a comeback. Alanis is a Top 100 choice in Puerto Rico.
  7. Tate
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Though Tate is used almost exclusively for boys, we can see Tate as a stronger surname alternative to Kate or a clipped form of Tatum.
  8. Allan
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Alan
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      This extra-L variation of Alan isn't quite as popular in the US as the original. Both spellings remain popular in Ireland and England.
  9. Allaire
    • Origin:

      French surname, possibly meaning "cheerful"
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Allaire, a last name in France. could make a first, with its light and airy feel.
  10. Hillary
    • Origin:

      Latin from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "happy, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Hillary is a lovely name that, for the moment at least, is tightly bound to an individual with a strong image: Hillary Clinton. Whatever your feelings about Mrs. Clinton, her fame now dominates the name, making it feel less baby-ready than it deserves to be. Hillary as a name has so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious. The Italian Ilaria may be one way to make the name fresh.
  11. Alanna
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alana
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      The extra n makes it feel less like an feminization of Alan and more like a name unto itself. Alanna is more common in Puerto Rico than the original Alana.
  12. Blythe
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a mostly feminine given name.
  13. Ilara
    • Origin:

      Variation of Hilarius
    • Meaning:

      "happy, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Uplifting name that's technically for boys but practically would work much better for girls.
  14. Ilari
    • Origin:

      Basque
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Sounds just like its meaning.
  15. Alyanna
    • Origin:

      variation of Alanna
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      The addition of the letter "y" gives this a nice, rhythmic Russian feel.
  16. Hilaria
    • Origin:

      Latin, Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Hilaria, the ancient Roman form of Hilary also given to joyous festivals, is still used in Spain and Poland, while the intriguing Italian version is Ilaria. A notable current bearer is fitness expert and wife of Alec, Hilaria Baldwin, who was born Hillary.
  17. Tait
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Tate would be much more user-friendly in this country.
  18. Ellar
    • Origin:

      Variation of Ealar, Scottish form of Hilary
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful"
    • Description:

      Ellar Coltrane, the star of Richard Linklater's acclaimed 2014 movie "Boyhood," is an outlier, namewise. Most others with his first name are girls, and there aren't even many of them -- the last time the Social Security Administration registered the name at all was in 1956, when six girls were named Ellar. Still, with Gaelic names being trendy, and the "El-" sound on the rise, it has some potential.
  19. Alair
    • Origin:

      Variation of Hilary
    • Meaning:

      "happy, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Alair is a lighter, more unusual form of Hilary.
  20. Allena
    • Origin:

      Female variation of Allen or Alana, Irish
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Allena may feel like a somewhat antiquated feminization, though Allen itself is a tad old-fashioned. In many ways, Allena -- pronounced ah-LEN-ah -- feels more appealing that Alana or ah-LAH-ah.